Tosky, Stewart, Kropp, Ishimatsu Earn Finals Berths On Last Day Of NCAAs
March 23, 2013
Youngsters led USC's prelim efforts on the final day of the 2013 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships as freshmen Kendyl Stewart (200y back) and Jasmine Tosky (200y fly) and sophomores Andrea Kropp (200y breast) and Haley Ishimatsu (platform) all secured their first career final berths Saturday (March 23) at the IU Natatorium/IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Trojans will enter the final night in sixth with 194 points. Georgia leads with 300 with two-time defending champion Cal in second with 285. Tennessee (263.5) is third and is followed in the top 10 by Arizona (246), Texas A&M (216), USC (194), Stanford (189.5), Florida (189), Texas (115) and Minnesota (99).
Stewart was the first of the frosh to nail down a top 8 finish with a 1:52.03 in the 200y fly, qualifying fourth overall and lowering her PR by more than a second. She also dropped more than two seconds from her Pac-12 fifth-place finish in the race in a satisfying race after missing the 100y fly final by 0.01 on Friday.
Kropp, the 2012 Olympic Trials third-place finisher in the 200m breast, showed off the distant talent and tied for third in the prelims with a 2:07.61 to lower her PR by 0.01 and go more than a second faster than at Pac-12s.
Tosky clinched her first individual scoring berth by throwing down the fastest prelim swim in the 200y fly, a 1:54.03 that's just 0.05 off her PR. The only repeat finalist from last year's final (won by USC's Katinka Hosszu) is Texas A&M junior Cammile Adams. Adams was second last year in 1:53.76 and was second this morning in 1:54.18.
Ishimatsu earned her first scoring opportunity by taking second in the platform prelims with 323.45 points, behind only Tennessee's Tori Lamp (335.35). Ishimatsu won the event at the 2013 Pac-12 and NCAA Zone E Championships.
Junior Kasey Carlson, second in the 100y breast Friday and seventh in the 50y free Thursday, earned another second swim in the 100y free, qualifying for the `B' final in 48.31, 0.11 out of the `A' final. She was also a consolation finalist in the race as a freshman.
Junior Stina Gardell, fourth in 200y IM and fifth in the 400y IM earlier in the meet, squeaked into the 200y breast `B' final with a 2:10.05. Senior Jessica Schmitt just missed the `B' final in the race, finishing 18th in 2:10.24.
Troy closed the morning session by finishing 13th in the 400y free relay, earning a spot in the `B' final. The quartet of Carlson, Wilk, Stewart and senior Kate Shumway finished in 3:16.63, a 0.01 off of USC's time at Pac-12s. It was Shumway's first NCAA swim since her freshman year.
Other USC finishers in prelims included freshman Joanna Stenkvist in the 200y back (32nd, 1:55.49), Wilk in the 100y free (t-42nd, 49.57), junior Meghan Hawthorne in the 200y breast (40th, 2:13.10) and senior Yumi So in the 200y fly (41st, 1:59.23).
Senior Haley Anderson will go for her first career title in the 1650y free in the timed final of the race to open tonight's finals session.
The meet finishes Saturday with prelims at 8 a.m. and finals at 4 p.m. PT.